SBL: Willetton women set up semi final series with Rockingham Flames

SBL: Willetton women set up semi final series with Rockingham Flames

THE Rockingham Flames and Willetton Tigers will meet in the semi finals the 2015 grand final opponents eliminated the Perth Redbacks and Lakeside Lightning respectively on Friday night.

The two-time defending champion Rockingham Flames defeated the Perth Redbacks 77-56 at while the Willetton Tigers downed the Lakeside Lightning 78-66 at Lakeside Recreation Centre.

The Lightning had a big job to turn around the 43-point loss from the week before and on the back of being out scored by 39 points after half time by the Tigers, but they couldn’t get over the line.

Despite Willetton opening up a 37-30 half-time lead, Lakeside made a real game of it in the third quarter with 23 points to 18 to close the deficit to two points.

But the Tigers pulled away in the fourth period to end up winning by 12 to eliminate the Lightning and advance to the semi finals.

The Tigers ended up shooting 45 per cent from the field compared to 34 per cent by the Lightning while Willetton pulled in 40 rebounds to 34.

Louella Tomlinson and Zoe Harper might have been the stars for Willetton last Friday, but this time it was Desiree Kelley the standout with 25 points, four rebounds and three steals on shooting 11-of-17 from the floor, and three-of-six from deep.

Kate Malpass added 18 points and eight assists for the Tigers while Ebony Antonio finished with 11 points and seven rebounds, Harper 10 points and six boards, and Tomlinson six points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and five blocked shots.

The Tigers Men beat Stirling Senators 103-99 for their second win against the team, putting them through to the Semi-Finals. With half a second on the clock to go in the first quarter Damien Scott scored a three-point shot putting the Tigers 10 points in front. Damien scored four three-point shots, with a total score of 28 points.

Nicholas Cody at 13 seconds to go pulled in a defensive rebound and went for the shot down the other end, and got fouled and made both free throw shots putting the final score at 103-99.